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Iverson: 'I want to finish my career in the NBA'

Posted on: June 7, 2011 4:31 pm
Edited on: June 7, 2011 4:51 pm
 
Posted by Royce Young

When Allen Iverson signed to play in Turkey last year, I think most people felt like me. Not like this, Allen. Don't finish like this. It was reality, though. Iverson's last couple of stints in the NBA fizzled out with a reunion in Philadelphia not working and a short stay in Memphis.

And when a calf injury cut his time short in Turkey, it appeared that the great basketball career of Allen Iverson would end with a whimper.

But in an interview with SLAM, Iverson said he hopes to get one more shot in the NBA.

"I want to finish my career out in the NBA, if that's possible," Iverson said. "And that's in any capacity. I did a lot of things, I made a lot of mistakes as far as my actions and things that I've said, and I think that was the reason for me not being in the NBA. My whole thing now in trying to get back is letting any organization know that I'm willing to play any part that they want me to play."

Iverson is 36 but says he's fully healed from the injury that caused him to miss most of last season in Europe. He went to Europe largely because he couldn't find an NBA team that wanted him -- and, more specifically, wanted him in the role that he wanted to play.

That's why the last part of what Iverson said is important. He's acknowledging that he'll play any role for any team. Now, knowing Allen Iverson, is that really true? Can he really be OK with playing the 10th man in a rotation and seeing maybe four or five minutes in a game? If he's serious about an NBA comeback, that's reality for him. Because like so many other players that have played deep into their 30s, he's going to have to re-invent himself as a player in order to extend his career.

It's probably unlikely that Iverson makes his way back to the NBA. But I'm sure he saw the way Shaq retired and how much attention was poured out there. Iverson likely wants a similar reception. Instead, he kind of became forgotten because of the way his career just sort of fizzled. Is there a fit out there for him? Obviously a team looking to draw some interest could give him a call, but I'm not sure there's a big demand for an aging, undersized guard who made a living in the NBA because he was quicker than everyone.

So it might be tough for The Answer to find an answer. But the fact that he's giving it a shot is at least admirable.

Category: NBA
Comments

Since: Jun 7, 2011
Posted on: June 9, 2011 8:51 pm
 

Iverson: 'I want to finish my career in the NBA'

As a basketball fan I realize that players always say they retire and seems liek they find a way back.



Since: Dec 20, 2006
Posted on: June 8, 2011 2:27 pm
 

Iverson: 'I want to finish my career in the NBA'

Royce  is a Smuck! AI, you walked out on your team, split, left town, no calls, no excuse, all this during the season! We have heard your selfish, empty promises before. The NBA is not going to give you a third shot, to disrespect the National Basketball Axxociation and it fans again. AI, you had a heck of a run in NBA. It had its High Highs and its low lows. You should be grateful for your time, instead you spit it back at everyone who gave you another chance. I used to be a fan of AI, remembering the best of AI, but you couldn't even finish your tour of duty in Turkey with respect.  AI time for ITT Tech



Since: Nov 4, 2008
Posted on: June 8, 2011 1:46 pm
 

Iverson: 'I want to finish my career in the NBA'

for someone that's a huge basketball fan, you sure are out of the loop :P  shaq retired a few days ago.



Since: Nov 4, 2008
Posted on: June 8, 2011 1:41 pm
 

Iverson: 'I want to finish my career in the NBA'

everyone knows that iverson is only saying these things becuase he really thinks he's better than everyone and that once a team blindly signs him thinking that he'll accept being a benchwarmer, he'll show that team that he's still starter material.  except he won't show it, he'll struggle, he'll demand for the ball to try to prove his worth, and he'll sulk when he's benched.  we've seen this story before allen.



Since: Jun 4, 2007
Posted on: June 8, 2011 10:10 am
 

Iverson: 'I want to finish my career in the NBA'

Please sign with Miami.  I couldnt be happier to watch that trainwreck. 




Since: Jun 4, 2007
Posted on: June 8, 2011 10:08 am
 

Iverson: 'I want to finish my career in the NBA'

Too late, AI, you have worn out your welcome.  The Thug Life does that to players.  Just go away please. 



Since: Nov 15, 2008
Posted on: June 7, 2011 11:53 pm
 

Iverson: 'I want to finish my career in the NBA'

If iversion is ready to br a team guy he may have one or two seasons left in the nba.  If AI is real about his role I'm sure an NBA team will find room on the roster.  If he is the guy who expects everything and does not want to work for it then he's done. 



Since: Feb 9, 2011
Posted on: June 7, 2011 9:05 pm
 

Iverson: 'I want to finish my career in the NBA'

would he still have to "PRACTICE?"



Since: Jun 7, 2011
Posted on: June 7, 2011 8:34 pm
 

Iverson: 'I want to finish my career in the NBA'

They need to give A.I. a chance as one of the G.O.A.T. he should be a perfect fit in MIA next season cause he is still way better than Bibby as well as Chalmers and that is real talk as long as he don't come in gunning.



Since: Jun 7, 2011
Posted on: June 7, 2011 7:19 pm
 

Iverson: 'I want to finish my career in the NBA'

I think it's low risk, high reward. Give the man a shot. If nothing else, he can provide some scoring punch. One of my all-time favorite players.



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